“Windy City Rehab” co-star vows to return with new general contractor

The co-host of the controversial HGTV show wrote in an Instagram post that she’s working to restore revoked permit privileges

TRD CHICAGO /
Jul.July 16, 2019 12:01 PM
Donovan Eckhardt and Alison Victoria (Credit: Facebook and Getty Images)

Donovan Eckhardt and Alison Victoria (Credit: Facebook and Getty Images)

The stars of “Windy City Rehab” are vowing to keep flipping homes in Chicago. At least one of them is.

A week after city officials pulled the plug on all projects undertaken by the crew behind the controversial fixer-upper show, co-host Alison Victoria wrote in an Instagram post Monday that she’s working with a new general contractor to clear things up.

The post calls into question whether contractor Donovan Eckhardt, Victoria’s co-host, has a future with the show.

The city’s buildings department last week cited Eckhardt’s contracting firm, Greymark Development, with more than a half-dozen violations, including lying on applications and hiring unlicensed workers. Until Greymark shows that it’s addressed the issues, the firm is blackballed from applying for permits in the city.

Victoria wrote in her post Monday she is “working closely with the City of Chicago to repair and amend any and all permits with our new general contractors.”

“The building department says they are pleased with our efforts and we will continue to work closely together to move in the right direction,” the post continued. She did not mention Eckhardt or Greymark Development.

The first season of “Windy City Rehab” showed Victoria and Eckhardt renovating and attempting to sell 11 properties on the city’s North Side. The show is currently filming its second season with a handful of new projects, including an effort to transform the former home of the beloved Miko’s Italian Ice in Bucktown.

Earlier this year, a Sun-Times investigation found the show’s producers had racked up a litany of complaints from neighbors over trash, noise and code violations. In May, the crew was hit with a stop-work order for one of the homes it planned to flip in Bucktown.


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